You can apply for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode in the UK if you wish to stay in the UK permanently and do not wish to apply for British passport. The certificate of entitlement to right of abode is endorsed on a person's passport. You cannot get a certificate of right of abode if you already have a British passport or a valid certificate of entitlement in another foreign passport.

What Is A Certificate Of Entitlement To Right Of Abode?

A certificate of entitlement is proof of your right to live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions. Having right of abode means you’re allowed to live or work in the UK without any immigration restrictions, which means:

  • you will not need a visa to come to the UK
  • there’s no limit on the length of time you can spend in the country

Renewal Of Certificate Of Entitlement To Right Of Abode

The certificate of entitlement to right of abode is normally valid until the expiry date of your passport and when your passport expires, your certificate of entitlement to right of abode also expires. You need to apply for a new certificate of right of abode when your passport expires.

How To Apply For Certificate Of Right Of Abode?

How you apply for a certificate of entitlement depends on whether you’re inside or outside the UK.

Applying From Inside The UK

If you are living in the UK, you can apply for certificate of entitlement to right fo abode from inside the UK by completing an online application form for right of abode. You’ll usually be able to keep your documents while your application for right of abode is being processed.

You can also apply for a certificate of right of abode using a paper applciation form ROA. If you use paper form, you will have to send all your original documents to the Home Office UKVI with the application form and may not be able to keep your documents with you whilst your application is being processed.

Applying From Outside The UK

If you are living outside the UK at the time of your application for right of abode, you should apply for certificate of right of abode online from outside the UK.

Eligibility For Certificate Of Right Of Abode

Your can be eligible to apply for a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode in any one of the following circumstances:

  • If you were registered or naturalised as a British citizen on or after 1 January 1983
  • If you were registered or naturalised in the UK as a citizen of the UK and Colonies before 1 January 1983
  • If you were born in the UK before 1 January 1983
  • If you are a Commonwealth (not British) citizen born before 1 January 1983 to a parent who was born in the UK
  • If you are a female Commonwealth citizen who was married before 1 January 1983 to a man with right of abode in the UK
  • If you were born in the UK or the Falkland Islands on or after 1 January 1983, or in another qualifying British overseas territory on or after 21 May 2002
  • If you were born outside the UK and the Falkland Islands on or after 1 January 1983, or outside the UK and any qualifying British overseas territory on or after 21 May 2002, to a parent who was born in the UK or the Falkland Islands or, on or after 21 May 2002, any qualifying British overseas territory, or registered or naturalised in the UK before your birth
  • If you were born outside the UK and the Falkland Islands on or after 1 January 1983, or outside the United Kingdom and any qualifying British overseas territory on or after 21 May 2002, to a parent who, at the time of your birth, was a British citizen in Crown service or a designated service
  • If you were adopted in the UK, a qualifying British overseas territory, or otherwise under the terms of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption
  • If you were a citizen of the UK and Colonies and were ordinarily resident in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years before 1 January 1983, and were settled in the UK at the end of that period
  • If you were a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies and had a parent who was born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK before your birth or adoption
  • If you were a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies and had a grandparent who was born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK before your parent's birth or adoption

How Can We Help?

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham can represent you in your application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode and carry out all the work on your application until a decision on your application is recieved from the Home Office UKVI. As part of our professional legal services in relation to your application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode, our specialist team of immigration solicitors will carry out the following immigration casework:

  • We will assess your eligibility for certificate of right of abode by considering all the relevant information;
  • We will advise  you on the chances of success in your application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode and would draw your attention to any weaknesses in your application;
  • We will advise you on the list of documents to be submitted in support of your application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode;
  • We will assess all the supporting documents to ensure that the documents you provide duly satisfy the Home Office UKVI requirements for grant of right of abode;
  • We will complete the relevant application form online for your application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode, submit the same online, help you pay the Home Office UKVI fee for the application and schedule your appointment with the application centre for enrolment of your biometrics;
  • We will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the application explaining in detail your eligibility for certificate of right of abode by referring to all the relevant information, documents, laws and requirements;
  • We will upload all the supporting documents online to be considered in support of the application including our cover letter prepared to suppport your application;
  • We will carry out all the work on your application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI on your application.

How Much We Charge?

Unless your application is very complicated, our fees for an application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode are as given in the fee table below: 

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice on right of abode application £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for an application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £1,000 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of your application for a certificate of entitlement to right of abode and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for the application, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the right of abode application.